May says Honey Mud, “An exquisitely distinctive union of raw honey, white halloysite clay and aromatic pure plant oils marry to envelope you in a truly intoxicating and highly addictive cleansing ritual. This silken, pudding-like treat gently frees you of the day’s pollutants, infusing your skin with active enzymes and nourishment while restoring your optimal hydration and individual rhythm.”
Packaged in a classic May Lindstrom black opaque glass jar, with gold embossed labelling this treat smells like sweet pudding heaven. I’m a sweet tooth, so as I took a deep whiff of the product, invariably I was tempted to taste it. I scraped the tiniest bit on the tip of my finger and it was sweet, as honey!. Obviously I wouldn’t take a spoonful like Nutella but my compelling logic said, if my taste buds love it, so would my skin 😉
***Raw Honey, White Halloysite Clay, *Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia Nut Oil), *Hammamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Argentum Metallicum (Colloidal Silver), Theobroma Cacao (Cacoa Absolute) Oil, * Citrus Sinenis (Sweet Orange) Oil, *Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil, *Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) CO2 Total Essential Oil, *Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Oil, **Boswellia Cateri (Frakincense) Oil, ** Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil
(*Certified Organic, **Wild Harvested, ***Collected from unsprayed and unfertilized fields of Michigan Wildflowers)
Presumably, we know most of the ingredients listed here. To some Halloysite clay may be a new term since we’ve primarily seen Kaolin, Bentonite, French Pink, Moroccan Red Clay, Fullers Earth etc. Well Halloysite is a white clay like Kaolin with a smaller ion structure (better penetrability) which makes it fantastic for drawing impurities from skin. May sources the clay from England. This clay is a favorite for sensitive complexions as it is the mildest of all clays. It also helps stimulate circulation to the skin while gently exfoliating and cleansing it. It does not draw oils from the skin, so it can also be used even on dry and highly reactive skin types.
Let’s talk about how I’ve used it. It’s quite a versatile product ensuring you get value for your money:
Morning cleanse – Scoop some goodness out of the jar and schmear all over the face. It’s not possible to massage this for long (tops a minute), take few drops of water and it starts emulsifying. Perfect ally for winter skin.
Bachelor Mask – At this point, we take it a knotch up. Same step as above, except leave it on till I finish my other chores. However if you’re blessed and don’t have other chores to do, lay back and wander away in your thoughts. Few minutes later wash it off and skin is plump, hydrated and feels clean (like healthy clean….if that makes any sense at all).
Married to The Problem Solver Mask – Match made in Heaven. Spoonful of Honey Mud with a Spoonful of The Problem Solver (TBS). These two were made for each other, they’re perfection personified. Apply the mask with a brush, sit back or do whatever that is therapeutic to your mind while this rockstar couple does magic to your skin. Ideally wash this mask in a shower as it can get messy. One look at my skin and it radiates, it’s firmer, pores appear tighter, overall texture is calmer. TBS mask draws impurities while Honey Mud soothes the skin. It’s a 2in1 effect. Alternatively if you have The Problem Solver mask however don’t want to invest in The Honey Mud, I’d recommend getting some raw honey from supermarket and adding to the mask, voila!
Of course, as with all May Lindstrom products this doesn’t come cheap at $80 but if you’re willing to invest in hand made artisanal skincare with quality ingredients then she is the one (just saying).
Now if you’re hesitant to spend that much or have a limited budget here is an alternative DIY Mask: any clay powder, 1tbsp raw honey, few drops of witch hazel toner, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder, a drop of any essential oil (optional). To perfect the consistency you can use milk or yoghurt (lactic acid bacteria help with overall radiance).
All these ingredients are easily available and collectively wouldn’t cost as much Honey Mud. Have you tried any May Lindstrom products? How do you use your Honey Mud?